Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

ICAR7 Summer school




5 July 2021 - on line



For the first time in the history of ICAR, the conference will be preceded by one day of Summer School for graduate students, Ph.D. students and young researchers involved in the field of adoption.

The Summer School aims to provide participants with research skills to improve their expertise in adoption research. Special focus will be placed on dyadic and family data analyses and on the strategies to disseminate their relevant findings. Participants will be asked to present their research projects in a poster session and discuss them with other participants under the supervision of outstanding scholars.

This will be a unique opportunity to create a research network for future generations.


The Summer School will take place on line, Monday July 5 (11am – 7pm CEST).

Graduate students, Ph.D. students and young researchers with strong interest in a career involving adoption research are invited to apply and participate (max. 25 participants).




The ICAR 7 Summer School's program will include the following keynotes speakers.


Adoption research: past, present, future

Jesús Palacios

University of Seville, Spain

Adoption research has made a considerable progress in the last decades. The topics considered, the periods of the life span covered, the methods of study employed have been expanding to enrich our knowledge of adoption-related issues. The multiplicity of approaches (e.g., social work, psychology, medicine, genetics, neurobiology, law, anthropology, education) is another characteristic of contemporaneous adoption research. In fact, providing an overall view of adoption research is an increasingly difficult task. But if not an exhaustive analysis of everything produced by researchers of adoption, the effort to provide an analysis of the main past and present trends, topics and methods seems worthwhile. It may also help to illuminate the way towards the new efforts needed to expand our knowledge of adoption, as well as to improve our capacity to have a more effective influence on the policy and practice issues involved. While the remaining presentations at the ICAR7 Summer School will focus on research skills development, the present one aims at providing a bird-view perspective of the status of the art in adoption research. Participants in the Summer School will have a chance to see their own efforts as part of the broader picture of contemporaneous adoption research, as well as to envision the enrichment their contribution can make to the field.


Methodological and measurement issues related to relationship research in adoptive families


Margherita Lanz 

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Italy


Seminar will present several challenges of relationship research in adoptive families. In particular, measurement issues related to how to measure relational construct and how to manage the different perceptions of the same construct will be discussed. Moreover, dyadic and family research design will be presented and some tips regarding best practices in research planning will be provided.


How to publish on adoption research: suggestions to young researchers

Richard Lee

University of Minnesota Twin Cities, MN (UMN)

In this presentation, we will share challenges and solutions to publishing research that involves adoption as either a methodology or a population of interest. As past editor for Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Dr. Richard Lee also will discuss the editorial perspective on adoption research and offer insights into how to determine what is the best outlet for different kinds of adoption research. 



If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: icar7@unicatt.it